Lying to grand jury gets Johnnie Morton 2 years probation

Johnnie Morton, the former first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions who had 43 career touchdown receptions and one well-publicized run-in with Matt Millen, was sentenced to two years probation for lying to a grand jury.

According to the Associated Press, Morton lied about his relationship with Neang Chhorvann, a business associate. Morton, 40, later admitted to investing more than $2 million with the man, the IRS revealed. If Morton invested $2 million with a man the IRS was pursuing, it’s fair to wonder if Morton will ever see that money again.

Chhorvann pleaded guilty to money laundering last season and he is on the run and considered a fugitive. Defense attorneys claim Morton’s money was stolen from him and that Chhorvann threatened to kill Morton’s parents if he did anything. Officials could not corroborate those claims.

Morton’s final season in the NFL was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.

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